Romany Malco is an American actor, rapper, music producer, podcast host and social media influencer who is best recognized for his portrayals of Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series 'Weeds' and Jay in the comedy film 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'. Some of his other notable films include 'Blades of Glory', 'The Love Guru', 'A Little Bit of Heaven', 'Think Like a Man' and its sequel, 'Top Five' and 'Almost Christmas'. He has appeared in recurring roles on several television shows such as 'No Ordinary Family', 'The Good Wife', 'Mad Dogs' and 'A Million Little Things'. He hosted a podcast as Tijuana Jackson, and is all set to make a film based on that character titled 'Prison Logic'. Due to his extensive knowledge about social media, he was selected as a consultant on an advisory panel about social media outreach for the Barack Obama White House.
Rise to Fame
Romany Malco began rapping when he was only seven years old. After completing school graduation, he formed the rap group 'R.M.G.', which subsequently relocated to Los Angeles and signed a deal with Virgin Records in 1991. Changing the group's name to 'College Boyz', they released their debut album 'Radio Fusion Radio' in April 1992, from which the single 'Victim of the Ghetto' peaked at No.2 on the rap charts. He had previously written the intro rap for Paula Abdul's 1989 song 'Opposites Attract', the music video of which won a 'Grammy Award' in 1991. In 1997, while working as a music producer on 'The Pest', he was encouraged by John Leguizamo to pursue acting, following which he began to appear on television shows and films. His breakthrough role was as Jay in the 2005 film 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', for which he earned an 'MTV Movie Award' nomination along with his cast-mates. The same year, he was cast in the role of Conrad Shepard on the television series 'Weeds', in which his portrayal of the sympathetic character made him very popular to the audience.
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Criticism of Mainstream Media
Romany Malco also became frustrated at the continuous attempt by the mainstream media to sensationalize news in order to get increased ratings. He wrote an article on the Trayvon Martin Verdict for the 'Huffington Post' in July 2013, in which he criticized the media stating that while hundreds of black people die annually, the death of Trayvon Martin got extensive coverage only for the sake of ratings. Instead of making it look like a one-off incident, he urged news outlets to stop reinforcing negative stereotypes about black people and to promote education. Later in January 2016, he spoke on 'The Breakfast Club' about politics and entertainment, where he reiterated his notion about sensationalizing news and mentioned how people look for affirmation in news, rather than information.
Family & Personal Life
Romany Romanic Malco Jr. was born on November 18, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, United States to parents from Trinidad and Tobago. As a teenager, he moved to Baytown, Texas, where he attended Ross S Sterling High School.
He met Canadian Ice Skater-turned stuntwoman Taryn Dakha, the body double of actress Jessica Alba, on the set of 'The Love Guru' in 2007. They got married in 2008, but the marriage only lasted for two years. There were rumors of him being gay due to his portrayal of such characters, but he refuted the rumors with a sarcastic statement that he could be gay for $90 million. He tweeted about his new girlfriend between 2011 and 2014, but after rumors spread about his relationship with co-star Meagan Good in 2015, he claimed that he was single.